The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), with help from NGOs, on Tuesday distributed essential items and ration kits to 4,500 sex workers (CSW) and members of the transgender community in its jurisdiction. BMC officials said the distribution of ration kits was part of the civic organization’s initiative to support affected CSWs due to the pandemic-induced lockdown.

The initiative was initiated by the planning department of the BMC.

Civic officials said as part of this initiative, with the help of various NGOs, around 4,500 transgender and CSW under BMC jurisdiction have received ration kits containing various daily staples.

“There are approximately 4,500 CSW and members of the transgender community in the city. As these women face various difficulties during the current lockdown, the planning department of BMC has taken the initiative to distribute food kits with the help of various NGOs, ”said Sangeeta Hasnale, Deputy Municipal Commissioner – Department planning.

The initiative was launched on Tuesday by an additional municipal commissioner (eastern suburbs) Ashwini Bhide, an additional municipal commissioner (city) Sanjeev Jaiswal, in the presence of BMC corporator Javed Juneja at the Savitribai Phule municipal school in NM Joshi Marg.

Hasnale added: “The kit we distributed includes items like rice, flour, sugar, tea, salt, chili pepper, turmeric, garam masala, lentils, gram, onions. , potatoes, edible oil, body soap and laundry soap. We distributed this type of soap, rations and essential kits during the lockdown last year as well. “